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Fleeting success: Luck, lead vanish for Hogs in 28-21 loss to Mississippi State

By Tom Murphy

This article was published November 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) is chased by Arkansas defenders during a game Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, in Fayetteville.

Game sketch

RECORDS Miss. State 8-3, 4-3 SEC; Arkansas 4-7, 1-6 STARS Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald ran for 101 yards and a TD and passed for 153 yards and 2 TDs. Arkansas DE McTelvin Agim had 9 tackles, 1 sack and forced 2 fumbles TURNING POINT The Razorbacks passed incomplete on fourth and 2 from their own 44 to give Mississippi State the ball with 3:01 remaining in a tied game. KEY STATS The Bulldogs won 348-221 in total offense and 33:31 to 26:29 in time of possession. UP NEXT The Razorbacks host Missouri at 1:30 p.m. on CBS on Friday in the regular-season finale.

Hard times

Arkansas’ loss Saturday ensured it will not be bowl eligible for the 10th time since joining the SEC in 1992:

YEAR;ALL;SEC

2013;3-9;0-8

NEXT YEAR 7-6, 2-6 (Texas Bowl)

2012;4-8;2-6

NEXT YEAR 3-9, 0-8 (none)

2008;5-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 8-5, 3-5 (Liberty Bowl)

2005;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR;10-4, 7-1 (Capital One Bowl)

2004;5-6;3-5

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1997;4-7, 2-6

NEXT YEAR 9-3, 6-2 (Florida Citrus Bowl)

1996;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1994;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 8-5, 6-2 (CarQuest Bowl)

1993;5-5-1;3-4-1

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1992;3-7-1;3-4-1

NEXT YEAR 5-5-1, 3-4-1 (none)

The Arkansas Razorbacks benefited from a couple of bizarre bounces and a kicked ball to grab leads against No. 16 Mississippi State on Saturday.

Game sketch

RECORDS Miss. State 8-3, 4-3 SEC; Arkansas 4-7, 1-6 STARS Mississippi State’s Nick Fitzgerald ran for 101 yards and a TD and passed for 153 yards and 2 TDs. Arkansas DE McTelvin Agim had 9 tackles, 1 sack and forced 2 fumbles TURNING POINT The Razorbacks passed incomplete on fourth and 2 from their own 44 to give Mississippi State the ball with 3:01 remaining in a tied game. KEY STATS The Bulldogs won 348-221 in total offense and 33:31 to 26:29 in time of possession. UP NEXT The Razorbacks host Missouri at 1:30 p.m. on CBS on Friday in the regular-season finale.

Hard times

Arkansas’ loss Saturday ensured it will not be bowl eligible for the 10th time since joining the SEC in 1992:

YEAR;ALL;SEC

2013;3-9;0-8

NEXT YEAR 7-6, 2-6 (Texas Bowl)

2012;4-8;2-6

NEXT YEAR 3-9, 0-8 (none)

2008;5-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 8-5, 3-5 (Liberty Bowl)

2005;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR;10-4, 7-1 (Capital One Bowl)

2004;5-6;3-5

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1997;4-7, 2-6

NEXT YEAR 9-3, 6-2 (Florida Citrus Bowl)

1996;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1994;4-7;2-6

NEXT YEAR 8-5, 6-2 (CarQuest Bowl)

1993;5-5-1;3-4-1

NEXT YEAR 4-7, 2-6 (none)

1992;3-7-1;3-4-1

NEXT YEAR 5-5-1, 3-4-1 (none)

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TravisBickle says... November 19, 2017 at 11:16 a.m.

So it was just a simple "miscommunication" with his receiver that blew that play on 4th down??!! You would think that at such a critical juncture in the game (and season) they would have made absolutely sure that everyone was on the same page! That's bad coaching and Allen shouldn't be too upset for Builima, after all he gets paid $4M a year to fuel this dumpster fire! Friday can't come soon enough!! GO MIZZOU!!

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HarleyOwner says... November 19, 2017 at 1:59 p.m.

Maybe not, but, it just seems to me that the smarter coaching decision would have been to kick the ball deep and not have given them a short playing field. Then, if they didn't score, you could play for overtime.

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